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  1. (A Few Personal) 2021 Highlights from Wine Director Tom Harrow

    In January a series of virtual Burgundy Wine Therapy sessi Continue reading →

  2. Napa Valley Barrel Crowdfunding Syndicate with Jonathan Maltus

    Our latest Club Special Project is taking you over the Atlantic and across ... wines and pioneered the famous garagiste movement of the Right Bank, culminating in a Robert Parker 100-point score for his flagship wine Le Dôme. Back in 2008, Jonathan set out to buy some land in California but soon discovered he could source outstanding grapes instead, especially from Andy Beckstoffer. Over the next decade, Jonathan and his team have produced a range of tiny production, garagiste style fine wines under his World’s End label from Napa and particularly from Beckstoffer Vineyards.

    There is no better winemaker than Jonathan to take us on this exciting journey; no better vineyard than one of the jewels in the crown of the Beckstoffer vineyards, Missouri Hopper, situated just up the road from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Oakville and the source of multiple 100-point scores; and no better vintage than 2019, hailed by all major publications and critics as a landmark for Napa. Indeed, Paul Hobbs, the "Steve Jobs of Wine" according to Forbes, boldly claims that “2019 will be even more refined [than 2018] with better purity and better precision. It will be the best of the decade. The 2019s are sensational".

    So, how does it all work? This opportunity allows you to buy ‘shares’ in a barrel of Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon. Each barrel contains 300 bottles and each full share consists of 24 bottles. The barrels are still in the US and after bottling and further maturation, we expect them to be shipped to you in Spring 2022. When they arrive we can transfer them to your chosen storage facility or private address and will be in touch at that point to arrange with you.

    2019 Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon

    £1824 per share in bond = 24x75cl bottles

    Limited number of half shares available by request

    "Spiced plums, creamed blackberries, currant, cherry Bakewell tart, tamarind and dark chocolate, with hints of graphite, smoked meat and polish. 24-hrs later humidor scents - sandalwood and Cohibas - develop, alongside salted liquorice, cloves, soy, and sour cherry notes.

    Wow - a really satisfying palate with waves of flavour from the bright, sappy and vivid cherry-accented and fig attack which fills out laterally to the sweetly rich fruitcake and Christmas spice mid-palate but tapers impressively to a succulent and juicy but fresh and salty, anise-inflected finish. This really shapes well. Voluptuous and opulent but with poise and tension, the fruit is plush, creamy and ample yet their is no excess weight, instead it dances on the tongue, steered by sculpted tannins which, despite their satiny smoothness, contain real steel at their core. There is lively vein of acidity too that gives the wine a real pulse. Plenty of drama here to balance the density.

    Jonathan has said in the past he has a reputation for making "New World wines in the Old World and Old Wines in the New World". I think the distinction in today's wine landscape is far more blurred but nevertheless if this slipped into a line-up of 2018 or 2020's top St Julien classified growths - I'm thinking Ducru Beaucaillou and especially Leoville Poyferré, it would be right at home..." Tom Harrow, Wine Director

    Some of the most memorable projects we've offered include crowdfunding syndicates for barrels of Hospices de Beaune & Nuit, as well as a barrel of Jane Eyre Charmes-Chambertin, all of which have been sell-out successes, so now it will be fascinating to take you to one of Napa's finest vineyards for the next chapter. We have three specially selected barrels so if you would to join the syndicate, please let us know as soon as possible as shares are unlikely to hang around for long!

    UPDATE 22nd August: We now have less than half of the final barrel left to offer.

    To join the Syndicate, please get in touch at

  3. Triumph at Hospices de Nuits: Five Barrels of Les Didiers

    The response to the Hospices de Nuits has been nothing short of sensational... rare Burgundies and other fine wines to your cellar.

  4. A New Adventure: Hospices de Nuits Syndicate

  5. Could Capital Gains Tax Exemption on Fine Wine get the Axe?

    One of the many attractions of fine wine investment is its immunity to Capital Gains ... Continue reading →

  6. 2019 Hospices de Beaune Syndicate Update and 2020 Vintage Preview

    It is a rare opportunity to own a personalised cuvée purchased at the annu Continue reading →

  7. Hospices de Beaune 2020 Syndicate - Preliminary Call

    Burgundy lovers will be thrilled to hear that we are once again gearing up for the annual Hospices ... Continue reading →

  8. Bordeaux En Primeur 2019

    It’s that time of year again and Borde Continue reading →

  9. Best of Burgundy 2018

    Burgundy 2018 En Primeur has been nothing short of a triumph. The whites have been consistently exce Continue reading →

  10. Tuscany 2020: A Summary

    Situated perilously between January and April, there is always a danger that the top releases from T Continue reading →

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